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Upcoming events

    • 11 Dec 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Hosted by Minnesota Genealogical Societys Canadian Interest Group via GoToWebinar

    Presented by Xavier Chambolle, hosted by the MN Canadian Interest Group a virtual program - from the comfort and safety of your desk

    Professional Tour Guide, Xavier Chambolle, will walk us through a virtual Genealogy tour of Quebec City.  Xavier will also explain the process of setting up a genealogical tour.

    Event link: https://www.gotomeet.me/MGSBranches/cig-genealogy-tour

    • 15 Jan 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hosted by IGSI via GoToWebinar
    Presented by Fiona FitzSimons, hosted by the Irish Genealogical Society International
    a virtual program - from the comfort and safety of your desk
    $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members

    photo of speaker Fiona FitzsimonsGasp! Not all the records you need to find your ancestors in Ireland are online. You NEED to go to Ireland! In this presentation, Fiona Fitzsimons will help prepare you for researching IN Ireland. She'll take you through what you need to do to prepare the groundwork for your research trip (opening hours, access, finding aids, catalogues, etc.), introduce you to cultural institutions (NLI, NAI, PRONI) and repositories (Valuation Office, Registry of Deeds) plus clue you in to local evidence in your ancestor's county of birth (county libraries). Perhaps you want to trace your family after 1921 (GRO, GRONI) or visit your ancestral home (maps, graveyards/cemeteries, local contacts). Fiona will help you have the most successful research trip.

    Register at this link:
    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7910371953640520208
    IGSI members can obtain the required Discount code by contacting the IGSI Education Team at Education@IrishGenealogical.org prior to registration.

    • 22 Jan 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hosted by IGSI via GoToWebinar
    Presented by Maria Flynn Conway, hosted by the Irish Genealogical Society International
    a virtual program - from the comfort and safety of your desk

    $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members

    Mari Flynn ConwayMaria Flynn Conway, a native of Waterford, Ireland, is a St. Paul, MN based tour operator specializing in Ireland. She will answer basic traveler questions such as when should you go to Ireland, planning an itinerary, transportation, where to stay, what to do before you leave, what to pack, where to eat, and all the other questions you have whether you are planning your own trip or going with a group. 

    Register at this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2202301318544847375
    IGSI members can obtain the required Discount code by contacting the IGSI Education Team at Education@IrishGenealogical.org prior to registration.

    • 5 Feb 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hosted by IGSI via GoToWebinar
    Presented by Shirleen Hoffman and Lois Abromitis Mackin, PhD, hosted by the Irish Genealogical Society International
    a virtual program - from the comfort and safety of your desk

    $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members

    photos of presenters Hoffman and Mackin

    This webinar will help you develop a solid foundation for your research. First you will learn simple tools, including identity profiles and timelines, to organize what you know and provide a springboard for future investigation. Then Shirleen and Lois will teach you how to use those tools to develop detailed, focused questions that will target your research and make it more efficient and productive.

    Shirleen Hoffman is a professional genealogical researcher, speaker, consultant, and author from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her specialties include genealogical investigative strategies and hands-on application techniques. She is the current President of the Minnesota Genealogical Society and has completed Boston University’s Certificate in Genealogical Research.

    Lois Abromitis Mackin, PhD, is a professional genealogical writer and educator focusing on American and English research and DNA. She currently serves on the IGSI Education Committee and writes for The Septs. She is a past president of the Northland Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a past director and officer of the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

    Register at this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2689765400843072270
    IGSI members can obtain the required Discount code by contacting the IGSI Education Team at Education@IrishGenealogical.org prior to registration.

    • 19 Mar 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hosted by IGSI via GoToWebinar
    Presented by Maurice Gleeson, hosted by the Irish Genealogical Society International
    a virtual program - from the comfort and safety of your desk

    $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members

    photo of speaker Maurice GleesonDNA is a great additional tool for researching your Irish ancestral lines. Join internationally known expert Maurice Gleeson as he explores various ways in which DNA and documentary evidence can work hand in hand to break through your Irish Brick Walls. Topics to be explored include: characterizing each Irish Brick Wall; Irish Naming Convention; ways to grab the low hanging fruit; working with Clusters; Triangulated Segments; triangulating with Y-DNA and mtDNA; and Ancestor Reconstruction.

    Various tools will be mentioned along the way including: Shared cM Tool, WATO, autoclusters, etc. And, in addition, we will discuss how to build a simple but dffective Descendancy Chart and Shared DNA Matrix that allows you to see all key matches for a given cluster, from all companies, on a single page.

    Maurice Gleeson is a psychiatrist and pharmaceutical physician as well as a genetic genealogist. He is administrator of several Surname DNA Projects, including the Gleason, Spearin, Farrell, Boylan, & Maloney Projects. He also works with adoptees and with people of unknown parentage and has appeared on Irish TV as a consultant for the TV series Adoption Stories. He authors several blogs (e.g. DNA and Family Tree Research) and is a regular contributor to genealogical magazines. His YouTube videos on genetic genealogy are very popular. He has organised the DNA Lectures for "Genetic Genealogy Ireland" in Dublin and "Who Do You Think You Are" in the UK since 2012, as well as given talks all over Ireland, the UK, and internationally. He was voted "Genetic Genealogist of the Year 2015” (SurnameDNA Journal) and “Superstar Genealogist, Ireland” in 2016 (Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections).

    Registration will open approximately 90 days before the program.
    IGSI members will receive a Discount code via email. You can reach the IGSI Education Team at Education@IrishGenealogical.org

    • 7 May 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hosted by IGSI via GoToWebinar
    Presented by Jen Baldwin, hosted by the Irish Genealogical Society International
    a virtual program - from the comfort and safety of your desk

    $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members

    photo of speaker Jen BaldwinIrish genealogy is notoriously difficult, so researchers must apply creative tools and techniques - as well as use creative records - to obtain positive results. Explore a variety of routes through Irish family history and learn more about the collections available on Findmypast and elsewhere.

    Jen Baldwin has been working in the realm of professional genealogy since 2010. However, she has been pursuing her family history since she was ten years old, enjoying her grandmother's stories - and her cookies.
     
    She is currently the North American Content Manager and Global Ambassador Program Lead for Findmypast. Jen lectures, writes, and consults on a variety of genealogy related topics, and was part of the research team for Genealogy Roadshow, season two on PBS. She is the author of course materials for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. She is excited to discover unique resources that allow for a different perspective in genealogical research.

    Registration will open approximately 90 days before the program.
    IGSI members will receive a Discount code via email. You can reach the IGSI Education Team at Education@IrishGenealogical.org

    • 4 Jun 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hosted by IGSI via GoToWebinar
    Presented by David Ouimette, hosted by the Irish Genealogical Society International
    a virtual program - from the comfort and safety of your desk

    $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members

    photo of speaker David OuimetteNames are the most powerful means of identifying ancestors. In this presentation, we illustrate three name-based techniques for tracing Irish ancestors: name-variant research, cluster genealogy, and surname heat maps. Name-variant research uncovers the numerous ways your Irish ancestral surnames and given names appear in original documents and indexes, thus helping you discover more family records.
     
    Cluster genealogy focuses on researching extended family and Irish neighbors who may have the same origins as your illusive immigrant ancestors. Surname heat maps leverage the idea that your Irish ancestors and their surnames were likely tied to specific parishes over several generations; creating heat maps for multiple surnames reveals where the family names were collocated in Ireland. All three of these techniques capitalize on the power of names in Irish family history.

    David Ouimette, CG, manages Content Strategy at FamilySearch, prioritizing records of genealogical value for digital preservation and online publication... on a worldwide scope. David has researched in hundreds of archives in over sixty countries spanning all continents. A Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and former board member of the National Genealogical Society, he authored Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide.

    Registration will open approximately 90 days before the program.
    IGSI members will receive a Discount code via email. You can reach the IGSI Education Team at Education@IrishGenealogical.org

    • 16 Jul 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hosted by IGSI via GoToWebinar
    Presented by Paul MacCotter, hosted by the Irish Genealogical Society International
    a virtual program - from the comfort and safety of your desk

    $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members

    photo of speaker Paul MacCotterHistorians estimate that Ireland was first settled by humans about 10,000 years ago. To our knowledge no one has traced their ancestors back that far but…wouldn’t you like to know what was happening in Ireland when your ancestors did live there? Join us as Dr. MacCotter takes us on an overview journey through Irish history. He touches briefly on all the key issues, challenging the many myths and legends and replacing them with the true picture of who are the Irish and what is their history.

    Dr. MacCotter (MA, PhD, MAGI) teaches genealogy, family history and medieval history at University College Cork. Since 1993 he has published widely in the fields of genealogy, family history and several branches of Irish medieval history. He has won prestigious research awards, has written four books and nearly sixty journal articles. He also has contributed to several family history and genealogy magazines.

    Registration will open approximately 90 days before the program.
    IGSI members will receive a Discount code via email. You can reach the IGSI Education Team at Education@IrishGenealogical.org

    • 6 Aug 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hosted by IGSI via GoToWebinar
    Presented by Chris Paton, hosted by the Irish Genealogical Society International
    a virtual program - from the comfort and safety of your desk

    $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members

    photo of speaker Chris PatonGenealogist Chris Paton will draw together many potential land and vital records resources to tell the story of an Irish family and their farm in County Kilkenny across the 19th and 20th centuries. Using an array of resources (vital records, newspapers, land records, census and military records) he will show how the genealogical narrative of the family was established from the 1820s to the mid-20th century. Along the way he will take the family's and property's story from its humblest of agricultural beginnings, to a dramatic episode of the Irish Civil War, and beyond.

    Originally from Northern Ireland, Chris is now based in Scotland. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies from the University of Strathclyde and is an author of many family history books, including Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), Sharing Your Family History Online, and his latest, Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records.
     
    Chris is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, tutors courses through Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd, and is a regular contributor to several UK genealogy magazines, and his own Scottish GENES blog.

    Registration will open approximately 90 days before the program.
    IGSI members will receive a Discount code via email. You can reach the IGSI Education Team at Education@IrishGenealogical.org

    • 14 Sep 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Hosted by IGSI via GoToWebinar
    Presented by Carol Baxter, hosted by the Irish Genealogical Society International
    a virtual program - from the comfort and safety of your desk

    $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members

    photo of speaker Carol BaxterThe ancestral facts that seem to us as precious as gold when we discover them, yet can seem dry when incorporated into a family history. How can we make our family histories interesting to our broader family? Some genealogists resort to fictionalizing their histories. However, the broader family usually has little interested in “recreated” scenes or “reimagined” dialogue. They want to know what really happened. So the author’s efforts may have an audience of only one: themselves.

    Most genealogists write their family histories in the “encyclopaedia style” because this is the easiest nonfiction writing style for unskilled and skilled writers alike. However, while the dry facts we’ve found are the foundations of our family histories, they should only be used as stepping stones to more interesting information. They should never be the destination in themselves. This webinar provides different strategies for turning these dry facts into exciting narrative.  

    Carol Baxter’s career as a professional genealogist began when she was appointed Project Officer of the Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record (ABGR), which later became the Biographical Database of Australia. She edited many volumes of early colonial records. For her services to Australian genealogy and history she became a Fellow of the Society of Australian Genealogists and an adjunct lecturer at the University of New England (NSW).

    Registration will open approximately 90 days before the program.
    IGSI members will receive a Discount code via email. You can reach the IGSI Education Team at Education@IrishGenealogical.org

    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hosted by IGSI via GoToWebinar
    Presented by John Grenham, hosted by the Irish Genealogical Society International
    a virtual program - from the comfort and safety of your desk

    $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members

    photo of speaker John GrenhamProperty leaves traces long after people vanish. This talk looks at historic Irish institutions that recorded property transactions (The Registry of Deeds) and that created property tax records (The Valuation Office).They are two of the oldest intact record-holding institutions in Ireland and both provide (relatively) unbroken chains of evidence reaching back into the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

    The talk outlines their history, the key records they hold and how to interpret them and, most importantly, how to get at them, especially online. Forthcoming developments in both will also be described.

    John Grenham was Project Manager with the Irish Genealogical Project from 1991 to 1995 and later went on to develop and market his own genealogical software, Grenham’s Irish Recordfinder.
     
    In 2005, he was the first Genealogist-in-Residence at Dublin City Library. He was awarded a fellowship of The Irish Genealogical Research Society in 2007 and of the Genealogical Society of Ireland in 2010. He is the author of Tracing your Irish Ancestors (5th ed. Dublin, Baltimore MD, 2019) the standard reference guide for Irish genealogy, The Atlantic Coast of Ireland (2014), Clans and Families of Ireland (1995), and An Illustrated History of Ireland (1997), among other works. He wrote the "Irish Roots" column in The Irish Times from 2009 to 2016, develops heritage databases, and ran the Irish Ancestors website in conjunction with The Irish Times until 2016. He now runs the successor website at www.johngrenham.com

    Registration will open approximately 90 days before the program.
    IGSI members will receive a Discount code via email. You can reach the IGSI Education Team at Education@IrishGenealogical.org

    • 5 Nov 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hosted by IGSI via GoToWebinar
    Presented by James Ryan, hosted by the Irish Genealogical Society International
    a virtual program - from the comfort and safety of your desk

    $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members

    photo of speaker James RyanThis talk outlines the origins and structure of the names of Irish places and explains the historical reasons for the variations in place names encountered in Irish records, caused by a process of anglicization of Irish or Gaelic place names over a long period. We will also outline the land divisions and places that required naming, and the practices that applied in this process.

    It will also show key sources that are available to help in finding currently accepted placenames; and the books and websites available to provide the details of the locations of places; the name variations that applied; and maps of different scales and vintages. For each source the type of information contain ed will be shown, and how these reference sources can be found. 

    James Ryan Ph.D. is an author, speaker, writer and publisher who has been active in Irish genealogy for the past thirty-five years. He founded Flyleaf Press in 1987 which has since merged with Ancestor Network Ltd.

    His book Irish Records (published by Ancestry Inc.) has been a standard guide for Irish genealogists since its publication in 1987. His research interests include church records, which resulted in his editing and publication of Irish Church Records and Rentals which has resulted in a series of blogs at www.ancestornetwork.ie/blog/.

    Registration will open approximately 90 days before the program.
    IGSI members will receive a Discount code via email. You can reach the IGSI Education Team at Education@IrishGenealogical.org

    • 3 Dec 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hosted by IGSI via GoToWebinar
    Presented by Mary Wickersham , hosted by the Irish Genealogical Society International
    a virtual program - from the comfort and safety of your desk

    $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members

    photo of speaker Mary WickershamMillions of U.S. passenger arrival records are available online; even more are not yet indexed from ships’ passenger manifests stored on microfilm at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.  How can you tell when your ancestor came to the North America? Searching ship’s manifests and other historical records may provide you with clues about an ancestor’s date and ship of arrival in the U.S.  Major resources for finding U.S. (and some Canadian) immigration information will be discussed and listed in the class handout with links to online repositories and helpful online how-to reading materials.

    Mary Wickersham is a professional genealogist who has been researching her own Irish roots for almost 25 years.  Mary was an early user of Ancestry.com and other major genealogy databases.  A past IGSI board member, Secretary, Treasurer and President, she now invests much of her time as IGSI’s Web Editor and Septs Co-Managing Editor, and was a Co-Chair for Celtic Connections Conference 2020.  She has given many classes for IGSI and other organizations and is a regular participant in IGSI’s Brick Walls panel.  Mary is a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists. 

    Registration will open approximately 90 days before the program.


    IGSI members will receive a Discount code via email. You can reach the IGSI Education Team at Education@IrishGenealogical.org

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